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Memorable Manitobans: William Robert Mingaye (1822-1914)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Kernott, Norfolk, England on 28 February 1822, he was educated in England, Germany, France and Belgium. After being admitted to the English Bar in 1846, he practiced as a lawyer for three years before coming to Canada and settling at Kingston. He was a lawyer in Upper Canada for twenty years. In 1873, he was appointed Customs Collector at Kingston, serving in the position until July 1882 when he was transferred to Winnipeg in succession to G. B. Spencer. In 1887, he was replaced by Thomas Scott, at which time he became Inspector of Customs for Manitoba and the North West Territories. He retired to St. Paul, Minnesota where he died on 28 July 1914.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

“William R. Mingaye dies in St. Paul”, Manitoba Free Press, 5 August 1914, page 20.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 July 2010

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